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The next NASA probe to Mars will carry a DVD containing 1,100 haiku submitted and voted on by members of the public, with British author Benedict Smith winning first place with this gem: It's funny, they named Mars after the God of War Have a look at Earth The haiku will be carried to the Red Planet on the Mars Atmosphere and …

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Discovery

Martian 1: Look at the odd speech patterns of the Earthlings.

Martian 2: Indeed, they seem incapable of describing something in its entirety. Is it a limit of their language or their intelligence?

Martian 1: I don't know, but it's really quite awful. Lets just kill them all and be done with it. I'm fed up with them leaving all their garbage technology here anyway.

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They sent DVD.

Martians may have VHS

Or Betamax still.

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1,100 *haikus heading to Mars on next NASA mission

To Japanese ear

Plurality is inferred---

"Haiku" would suffice

日本人とは,

耳か耳たち

どちがすき?

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Re: 1,100 *haikus heading to Mars on next NASA mission

For Benefit of

Make the Reader Edified:

A Short Translation:

Among Japanese,

Between Ear(s) and Assemblage,

Which would be preferred?

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Re: 1,100 *haikus heading to Mars on next NASA mission

勿論、«耳»の法が良い、けど。。。

Henri

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Watch out, Mars!!

Benedict Smith poem

Seems most ordinary to my ear

Nantucket man weeps

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Re: Watch out, Mars!!

Hey Nantucket man!

Try benedictsmith.net

For more lame poems

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Re: Watch out, Mars!!

Pity Nantucket man!

His forgotten sleigh ride

Curses Weekend World loss.

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Why a DVD?

If we reckon an average English Haiku is about 70 characters, say 90 to allow for some formatting, we get 100KB of data - which would easily fit on a single-sided floppy disk (remember them?). Or are they being read out over videos of cats playing the piano?

If we want to use a long-lasting format, laser engrave them on a sliver of sapphire.

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Re: Why a DVD?

As the article says, the disk also contains Mars-inspired graphic art.

And if you want to engrave your data on silver or sapphire for long life, don't store it in a spacecraft that is designed to burn up on atmospheric entry! (Also in the article!)

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Bothering to read the article you are commenting on - a skill for life!

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A minute to learn,

But a lifetime to master?

I am not so sure.

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Any fool can write these.

The real problem, as we know,

is that all fools do.

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Stressed out

This syllable thing doesn't really work in English. Japanese is a syllable-timed language with each syllable using more or less the same time. In contrast, English is a stress-timed language. A more interesting task would be to make haiku in English using only stressed syllables. Like this:

"This red rock place holds

Five more clues where free dogs roam

Round dark light space walks"

With luck, that should put a stop to this haiku craze.

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Earthling invaders

Send another craft to block

My view of Venus

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The Limerick's an artform complex

whose contents run chiefly to sex

its famous for virgins

and masculine urgings

and vulgar erotic effects

and pisses on other poetry cos it works well with beer which will be our only good export to Mars. So long as its not called export.

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This limerick's devoted to beer...

A subject that causes much cheer

They serve it in bars

That you can't find on Mars

Which is why I spend my time here!

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Re: This limerick's devoted to beer...

And maybe we should send LOHAN up with 1100 limericks put on a thumb drive :)

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Re: This limerick's devoted to beer...

What do you mean you can't find bars on Mars? I've been hearing about Mars bars since I was a kid...

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Re: The Limerick's an artform complex

A limerick packs laughs anatomical

In space that is quite economical

But the good ones I've seen

So seldom are clean

And the Clean ones so seldom are comical

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Unhappy

Down there somewhere is

Curiosity roaming

I'm stuck in orbit.

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astrum nullius

Mars — we come in peace!

To you we bring blue Earth’s gift —

Oh, and this disc, too.

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Hatsune Miku,

English on sixth birthday sings,

Worth an article?

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Mixing up artforms to create a new artform

There was a young bard from Japan

Whose haiku would never quite scan

When told this was so

He replied, "Yes, I know,"

"But I make it a personal point of pride always to try to fit as many words into the last line as I possibly can!"

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Re: Mixing up artforms to create a new artform

... And what of the bard from Verdun?

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